3M Reviews

Updated March 27, 2015
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  1. Ugh...

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    Current Employee - Supply Chain Analyst in Saint Paul, MN
    Current Employee - Supply Chain Analyst in Saint Paul, MN

    I have been working at 3M

    Pros

    High salary. For an entry level Supply Chain Analyst out of college the base salary is 68k-75k plus bonus.

    Cons

    No access to sunlight. The buildings smell. Cramped cubicle and office life. People don't leave the company so a lot of people are there 30+ years and over 45% are due to retire in the next 5 years. 3M is very metric-centric. Get used to being chained with golden handcuffs bent over a laptop working on excel spreadsheets in your cube or office. Management is known for being micomanagers. There is no training for new employees. The company is not environmentally friendly--despite what they like to spin to the public. The buildings are dirty and floors are not vacuumed regularly. The people in the St Paul offices are not friendly. Do not come here if you are in your 20s or early 30s and want to make a difference. Only choose 3M if you need a high salary, don't care about the environment or sustainability and don't have a family you want to see at night. Salaried employees are expected to work 10-12 hour days.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Training for employees would be nice.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2. 8 people found this helpful

    Process Engineer

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at 3M

    Pros

    Great work experience. Good environment for learning and growing.

    Cons

    Worked 50hours plus per week. No time for personal life. Upper management is micro managing.

  3. Planning and Scheduling intricate and demanding manufacturing

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    Current Employee - Run Mtg No Glamor, But Part of Teamwork Needed to Serve Customers in Hutchinson, MN
    Current Employee - Run Mtg No Glamor, But Part of Teamwork Needed to Serve Customers in Hutchinson, MN

    I have been working at 3M

    Pros

    3M is as good as any company there is. Ethical leadership and well managed overall. Per capita, the ding-dong factor among employees is better.

    Cons

    Some individuals aren't diligent, diplomatic, or considerate enough in getting what they want.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stick with the long term and focus on daily averages and not month end or quarter end. Long term customer satisfaction, growing markets, and ongoing profitability are far more important.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5. Fun, energetic place to work.

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    Former Employee - Picker/Sorter in DeKalb, IL
    Former Employee - Picker/Sorter in DeKalb, IL

    I worked at 3M

    Pros

    Driving a forklift and pulling products.

    Cons

    Long hours, designated smoke area too far from the plant entrance to take a break.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6. Worked at 3M for 11 plus years.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at 3M

    Pros

    Experience with a lot of new tools and processes.

    Cons

    No work=life balance, benefits were bad, training was for the 1%, very political, didn't compensate competitively, all solutions came from corner office, employees got less and less

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep it up drive yourself out of business. No one wants to work for an old stoggy environment that has no new ideas.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful

    Used to be a good company in the 80's

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    Former Employee - Engineer in Saint Paul, MN
    Former Employee - Engineer in Saint Paul, MN

    I worked at 3M full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Easy to switch divisions, lot of interesting areas to work in, decent pay and benefits

    Cons

    Nothing is done with poor performers, but God help you if you ever get depressed while you're working at 3M

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Differentiate between dumb people and bright people, and groom them accordingly -- get rid of all the nepotism

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
  8. 2 people found this helpful

    Big Mistake for me

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    Former Employee - Administrative Assistant in Saint Paul, MN
    Former Employee - Administrative Assistant in Saint Paul, MN

    I worked at 3M full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Awesome products
    Intelligent people
    Good discount
    EAP program for employees which helped "Me" deal with the hostile environment

    Cons

    Company does not accept new blood.
    Very hard to make friends.
    Employees think it is a WONDERFUL company, they have only been there so they don't know any different.
    It took me over 50 internal job applications to finally transfer out of one dept to go to another.
    No help from Human Resources, they support management not employees.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I worked extremely hard for your company for 4 years and received NO recognition for the hours I spent on a huge project. I did not feel at all welcome to join this company, new people are not respected in any way. So sorry I wasted 4 years of my life that I won't get back because of hearing how "Great" 3M was to work for.

    Doesn't Recommend
  9. 3 people found this helpful

    Great Company

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at 3M

    Pros

    Good Hours, Solid Pay, good upward and lateral movement opportunities depending on what type of job you want within 3M.

    Cons

    High Management turnover. Most upper management changes positions every 2 to 3 years, this makes the corporate message a moving target. Most higher level positions require relocation to St. Paul, MN.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  10. Strong Corporate Culture

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Saint Paul, MN
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Saint Paul, MN

    I have been working at 3M full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Flexible work schedules are available depending on your job, not all are grandfathered into this but worth a request. Great Benefit program, employee discounts, good work-life balance but employees must be willing to do their part to make that work, no one is going to hand you the easy button.

    Cons

    Can be challenging to navigate other divisions or business groups if you are not familiar with the structure of that area, hard to get noticed for opportunities if you are not well known.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11. Do not grow older than 40

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Saint Paul, MN
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Saint Paul, MN

    I worked at 3M

    Pros

    stock program. Company store. Ability to change businesses

    Cons

    you will get your job eliminated when you become too expensive. No special considerations for employees with loyalty and performance.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep your talent and stop worrying about protection from lawsuits. Do the right thing. Better figure out the portfolio rationalization process so people who take career risks are not penalized. Spend money on growth not cutting costs with data and rationalization. SAP is sucking the life out of current investment in long term growth.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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